I finished up this quilt just in time for my friend Leah's baby shower. (Remember, I made her the small Hooty Hoot quilt a few months ago?) Leah and I picked out the fabric and design, but the finished product was still a surprise. Leah is a super-crafter, so making stuff for her is a little intimidating! Check out her blog to see all of the projects she's made with this fabric.
I based the quilt off of Elizabeth's Small Plates pattern from The Practical Guide to Patchwork. Just squares in squares. The fabric is from Riley Blake's Hooty Hoot Kangaroo line. We also added some Kona solids: chocolate, Chinese Red, snow, teal, and lake. I think the teal (dark blue) is my new fave.
I fussy cut some of the larger prints. This koala mom and baby is one of my favorites.
Love this little owl too.
The binding is the blue dots from the Hooty Hoot line. We used the blue jacks for the backing.
Leah picked out bamboo batting. I was a little worried about how the bamboo would work out. I'd heard problems of bearding and shrinking. I prewashed and dried the batting, and it shrunk by about an inch. I didn't have any problems with the bamboo, and it makes for a very soft quilt!
*When I had this quilt spread out on the floor, Luke said, "Wow! It's a whole planet of squares!" Awesome.
I used some of the scraps to make these onesies. Quick and easy gift.
This guy is all business.
One last thing: I whipped up these book plates on my antique letterpress. Kidding, kidding! I found them on Inkello and couldn't pass them up. They're owl-riffic!
I just need to hand-stitch the binding on these three quilts, and they'll be ready to go! It's a good thing this is my favorite part of the process. Think I'll still enjoy it after this pile?
I've been dabbling in The Good Wife, but I recently decided to officially jump on board. (The Michael J. Fox episode sold me.) So I have some catching up to do. If you need me, I'll probably be sitting on the couch, sewing some bindings and watching Julianna Margulies.
I pulled all of these fabrics out of my stash. There's lots of Meadowsweet in there, as well as some Amy Butler Full Moon Dots, Anna Maria Horner Chocolate Lollipop, Katie Jump Rope, Del Hi by Valori Wells...and probably a few I'm forgetting.
This color combination looks like fall to me! I have a plan for the back, but I think I'm going to need to buy a little more of the Kona Bone I used for the "grout" (or would that be mortar?) to finish it.